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5 July 2017

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government

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1 March 2017

International Women's Day

Fighting for liberation and socialism: Women are on the move - against Donald Trump in the US, and attacks on reproductive rights in Ireland and Poland

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1 February 2017

UK textile workers on £3 an hour!

The Guardian and BBC news have exposed garment manufacturers in Leicester employing thousands of workers on £3 an hour, less than half the minimum wage.

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1 February 2017

Newham council challenged over £1.8 million cut workers' pay

One Newham council worker could lose £6,000 and lose his home if the £1.8 million cut to workers' wages goes ahead. The all-Labour council, led by mayor Sir Robin Wales who earns £81,000 a year, had a whopping £161 million in general reserves in 2015-16.

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7 December 2016

Newham council to sack up to 1,300

The all-Labour council in Newham, east London, is threatening to sack up to 1,300 of its workforce.

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9 November 2016

Stop the 54,000 yearly maternity sackings

About 54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs within 12 months of returning from maternity leave - that's 11% - according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

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26 October 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.

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26 October 2016

A day in the life of a midwife

"Midwives really are expected to look after 15 women plus their babies": The Royal College of Midwives recently published a survey that highlighted why a growing number of midwives were choosing to leave the profession.

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19 October 2016

Devon: Campaigning against community hospitals closures

'Once you lose them - you will never get them back', this was the stark warning in a letter published in a local Devon paper. The letter refers to the current consultation period taking place on the closures of community hospitals with the loss of hundreds of beds.

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19 October 2016

Cheshire and Merseyside: Huge NHS cuts and privatisation planned

Huge cuts to hospitals and healthcare across Cheshire and Merseyside are in the pipeline, proposed in the very secretive 'Sustainability and Transformation Plan'.

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31 August 2016

Women still take home 36% less than men

New research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows women on average still earn 36% less a week than their male counterparts. This is despite more than four decades of equal pay rights being on the statute books.

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29 June 2016

Stand up for education!

NUT members in England voted 91.7% 'Yes' for strike action

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23 March 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Rape, women and victim blaming; McDonnell boosts Blairite mayor; healthcare insurance headache; errors of the pro-EU left; global economy gripes.

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2 December 2015

Women: fight for equality, fight for socialism

It's hard to believe that in the 1990s, articles were appearing asking: "Is the future female?" and "Are we witnessing a genderquake?" Women are still a long way from being liberated.

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7 October 2015

Junior doctors campaign

As we go to press nearly 90,000 people have signed an online petition supporting industrial action by the British Medical Association, which is balloting junior doctors over changes to their contracts.

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21 January 2015

Them & Us

Underpaid: Prime Minister David Cameron reckons he's getting tough with employers who pay below the statutory minimum wage of £6.50 an hour to their workers

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31 July 2013

Benefits shock: London family on state handouts avoids the benefit cap and bedroom tax

Royal birth deflects from campaigns to save maternity services across the UK

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10 July 2013

Privileged perks for Kate and Wills... Maternity cuts for us!

The Finland government has generously sent Kate and Wills one of the maternity 'boxes' given to all expectant mothers in Finland since the 1930s, writes Suzanne Beishon

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19 June 2013

Them & Us

A façade, literally: In preparation for the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland, £2 million was spent on tackling dereliction. Not by building or renovating new houses or services...

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9 February 2011

Campaigners reject maternity unit cuts

The North West Strategic Health Authority has voted to shut maternity units at Salford Royal, Bury and Rochdale hospitals, despite predictions of rising birth rates, writes Paul Gerrard.

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